Huawei launches 'world's slimmest smartphone,' just 6.18 mm thick

In the last few weeks, there's been a good deal of buzz surrounding Huawei - including a teaser from the company itself - regarding the upcoming launch of its second Windows Phone, the Ascend W2. But while some expected that handset to launch today, the company instead announced the Ascend P6, which Huawei describes as "the world's slimmest smartphone."

At just 6.18 mm thick, the P6 certainly is slim, and it's light too, weighing in at just 120g. Inside its sleek, metallic body, there's a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, along with 2GB of RAM, although onboard storage isn't exactly generous, with just 8GB available. Thankfully, a microSD card slot will allow users to expand storage as needed, and a 2000mAh battery should keep the device going for a while.

Up front, you'll find a spacious 4.7-inch in-cell display with HD (1280x720) resolution, with Huawei's "MagicTouch" technology, similar to the touch optimisations that Nokia has introduced on its Lumia range, which allows users to interact with the screen while wearing gloves. 

Above the screen, there's an "industry-leading 5MP front-facing camera," an 8MP rear illuminated camera with f/2.0 aperture, capable of 1080p video recording. Running the show is the latest build of Android Jelly Bean, version 4.2.2, with Huawei's overlay, "Emotion UI." The company says it's used feedback from over five million customers to help improve its user interface. 

The Ascend P6 launches in China later this month, and will be available in western European markets from July, with operator agreements in place through Vodafone, Telefónica/O2, Orange, TalkTalk and Three, while retailers including Carphone Warehouse and Amazon will also be stocking the handset. It'll be available in black, white or pink, and if you're thinking of picking one up off-contract, you'll have to set aside €449 EUR (straight currency conversion is $602 USD / £384 GBP, but local pricing may vary).

Source and images: Huawei

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Wow this device looks like an oversized iPhone 5. Yet I dont see the Apple fanclub or even Apple saying a word. Yet they claimed Samsung phones like the GS3, and Note look like an iPhone. Hold all 3 together and see which one looks more like it.

Just shows Apple tried to sue Samsung in hopes of slowing them down where they lost every suite except the biased one in the USA. Instead, their plan backfired and Samsung now is selling phones like crazy. Apple is stupid.

Desire Z, ahh the day when a good qwerty phone which is leading in spec.

oh and another thing, for **** sake, what happened to just including mah3300 battery, and being done with it? why is everyone scared to do this?? Motorolla did it with their RAZR MAXX series, and i loved that for its battery usage. NEED MORE larger BATTERY PONES!!!

It's big and flat = hard to handle. Also, at 120g it probably feels cheap and plastic - just the way the reviewers like 'em these days. I can still remember the good old Desire Z days when you could really 'feel' the quality (1,4cm thick @ 180g).

sbasil said,
It's big and flat = hard to handle. Also, at 120g it probably feels cheap and plastic - just the way the reviewers like 'em these days.
It has a machined aluminum frame and back, so if you think it "feels cheap and plastic", then your sense of touch is whack.

Aluminum or not, it has a 4,7" screen and is only 6,18mm thick which makes it too thin to get a good grip (IMO). Not that it matters, had one Huawei - n.e.v.e.r. again.

Clamdigger63 said,
.......

Yes.
Doesn't stop most North American Telcos from using their radios and tower switching equipment.
Must be PRISM friendly gear.

deadonthefloor said,

Yes.
Doesn't stop most North American Telcos from using their radios and tower switching equipment.
Must be PRISM friendly gear.

Make the modems that are used for BT's fibre service in the UK too.

Clamdigger63 said,
Isn't Huawai the company that's been accused of stealing telecom companies secrets for the Chinese government.
Which is undocumented FUD straight out of the marketing department of Cisco.

I get the craze with making things smaller, lighter and whatnot. but guys, what if this thing is so thin that it's easy to actually snap in two? I like to keep my HTC 8X in my front left pocket pretty much whenever i'm not at my desk and I often do work where it's brushing up against things. If something so thin was like that and I leaned over a table to grab something and it snapped in two in my pocket? What then?

I think there's a point where things get too thin and too light. I like a nice middle ground and something that feels solid.

Why couldn't it be a 4.3" screen? :-(

I long for a phone with 2GB RAM and no more than a 4.3" screen. Hopefully the HTC One Mini is out soon.

I hate to be "that guy", but the body looks similar to the iPhone 4 minus the home button. Does anyone know what data frequencies this will work on? I don't see LTE.

RangerLG said,
I hate to be "that guy", but the body looks similar to the iPhone 4 minus the home button. Does anyone know what data frequencies this will work on? I don't see LTE.

I'm with you, total iPhone 4 rip off. :-\

RangerLG said,
I hate to be "that guy", but the body looks similar to the iPhone 4 minus the home button. Does anyone know what data frequencies this will work on? I don't see LTE.
It does not currently support LTE, but it does support all the HSPA+ frequencies that a popular worldwide.